Broken Part Relegates Kahne to 35th at New Hampshire
Kasey Kahne drove the No. 5 go90 Chevrolet SS for this weekend’s event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This weekend marked Kahne’s first race with crew chief Darian Grubb atop the pit box. After a strong practice session on Friday morning, the 37-year-old qualified the go90 Chevy in the ninth position. Early in Sunday’s race, Kahne had a loose-handling Chevy, but the handling improved as the race continued. Unfortunately, in the final stage of the race Kahne had a mechanical issue and went to the garage for repairs. After returning to the track several laps down, Kahne was relegated to a 35th-place finish the No. 5 go90 Chevy.
Date: Sunday, September 24, 2017
Event: New Hampshire 300
Series: NASCAR Cup Series
Location: New Hampshire Motor Speedway (1.058-mile oval)
Start/Finish: Ninth/35th (Completed 289 of 300 laps)
Kahne started Stage 1 from the ninth position, and with a loose-handling No. 5 machine, he slipped back to the 18th spot, where he ended the stage. He visited pit road during the stage break for fuel, four tires and adjustments to the go90 Chevy. He started Stage 2 from the 17th position and gained two spots to complete the second stage in 15th. Kahne once again visited pit road for adjustments to tighten the handling of the go90 Chevy during the stage break. He began the final stage in the 14th spot and remained in the top 15. Unfortunately, with under 50 laps remaining in the race, Kahne experienced a mechanical failure to bring out the fourth caution of the race. The No. 5 crew worked feverishly in the garage to make a quick repair to Kahne’s Chevrolet SS, and the Enumclaw, Washington, native returned to the track 11 laps down. Kahne ultimately completed the race in the 35th position for Hendrick Motorsports.
Kasey Kahne on his New Hampshire finish:
“Something broke, but I’m not exactly sure what it was. I haven’t had the chance to talk to Darian yet. We worked hard all day. We were really loose on the first run, and then got control of the car. Unfortunately, it was really tough to pass, but we worked our way back up and were passing for 12th when we had the mechanical issue. We were making gains, and I think we had a top-10 car if the restarts went the right way, but we’ll move on to Dover next week.”